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To cure many diseases, like cancer or cystic fibrosis, we will need to target genes (mutations, for ex.), not organs! I am convinced that the future of replacement medicine (organ transplant) is genomics (the science of the human genome). In 10 years we will be replacing (modifying) genes; not organs!

Anticipating the $100 genome era and the P4™ medicine revolution. P4 Medicine (Predictive, Personalized, Preventive, & Participatory): Catalyzing a Revolution from Reactive to Proactive Medicine.

I am an early adopter of scientific MOOCs. I've earned myself four MIT digital diplomas: 7.00x, 7.28x1, 7.28.x2 and 7QBWx. Instructor of 7.00x: Eric Lander PhD.

Upcoming books: Airpocalypse, a medical thriller (action taking place in Beijing) 2017; Jesus CRISPR Superstar, a sci-fi -- French title: La Passion du CRISPR (2018).

I love Genomics. Would you rather donate your data, or... your vital organs? Imagine all the people sharing their data...

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L'Irlande Catholique producteur de mauvais films Bollywood

Quand on voit ce que l'homo sapiens fait des religions ...

Une ravissante jeune femme indienne de 27 ans, Savita Halappanavar, vivant à Galway, dentiste de sa profession, meurt pour cause de refus d'avortement dans l'Irlande catholique. La jeune femme, au moins, était-elle de religion catholique ? ô ironie du sort : non ! Et son mari, Praveen ? Non plus ! Mais ses médecins Irlandais, oui ... Très catholiques, même ... et tant que le cœur du fœtus battait encore, ils ont refusé d'intervenir sur ledit foetus (avorter) afin de sauver la mère ... En Irlande, l'avortement est puni par la loi ... Les médecins sont donc intervenus trop tard pour sauver la mère, qui est morte de septicémie (infection généralisée et grave de l'organisme) ... à 27 ans ... Quand les Cathos de l'Irlande nous refont Devdas, cela vous a un charme très ... particulier ... Vous savez quoi ? Bollywood, cela ne marche pas en Europe ... laissons cela aux Indiens ... Je dédie ce "post" à ma co-scénariste I. (pas comme Irlande), que je sais en larmes ... à cause de ce mauvais, très très très mauvais Bollywood ...

Réaction du Dr. Martin Winckler à ... non pas cette histoire de mauvais Bollywood, mais à l'histoire vraie de cette jeune femme, Savita : "Un pays qui se dit civilisé devrait avoir honte collectivement de faire mourir les femmes pour des principes. Je ne crois pas que Jésus ait jamais dit : 'Laissez les femmes mourir'." (Propos recueillis sur Facebook, 15/11/2012).

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"D'accord, elle a fait une fausse couche en fait selon l'article, et tout n'avait pas du être expulsé, je comprends mieux."

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"Pregnant woman's death pours fuel on Ireland's fiery abortion debate
by Michael Cook | Nov 16, 2012 |
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tags: abortion, Ireland

Ireland's restrictive abortion laws are under attack after a 31-year-old pregnant woman died of septicaemia after pleading vainly with doctors to abort the child. Savita Halappanavar, an Indian dentist working in Galway, has become a martyr for abortion reform.

An independent expert has been appointed to investigate the incident. But the woman's husband, Praveen, an engineer, claims that she asked several times over a three-day period for the pregnancy to be terminated, because she was "in agony" and was miscarrying. However staff at Galway University Hospital refused because there was still a foetal heartbeat. They were told that this was the law and that "this is a Catholic country".

Ms Halappanavar allegedly responded that she was neither Catholic nor Irish.

When the foetal heartbeat stopped, the dead foetus was removed, but Ms Halappanavar became septicaemic and died on October 28.

The death came at a moment when abortion was already front and centre in Irish politics. Despite -- or perhaps because of-- Ireland's ban, its maternal death rate is one of the lowest in the world, lower, in fact, than England's, where it is freely available. Abortion's legal status is ambiguous. The Irish Constitution recognises a right to life in the unborn, "with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother." But in 1992 the Supreme Court ruled that it would be legal if there was "a real and substantial risk" to the life of the mother. Successive governments have avoided drafting a law to incorporate this into Irish legislation. Then in 2010 the European Court of Human Rights found that Ireland had failed to implement properly a constitutional right to an abortion where a woman's life was deemed to be at significant risk.

In January the government commissioned an expert panel to propose ways of implementing the ECHR decision. And it arrived this week, just when news of Ms Halappanavar's death broke in the media. Adding fuel to the fire, only a few weeks before, on October 18, the first abortion clinic in Ireland opened in Belfast. It was bitterly opposed by pro-life demonstrators.

A leading obstetrician and gynaecologist, Dr Sam Coulter-Smith, told the Belfast Telegraph that he suspected that the husband's version of the story was not accurate. "I think most of us who work in obstetrics and gynaecology, there may be individual differences, but the majority would be of the view that if the health is such a risk that there is a risk of death and we are dealing with a foetus that is not viable, there is only one answer to that question, we bring the pregnancy to an end."

"This case probably does not have a lot to do with abortion laws," he said.

Minister for Health Dr James Reilly said it would be an extremely serious matter if there had been any hesitation in relation to Ms Halappanavar because of moral or religious beliefs. However, he said he had no evidence of the application of a Catholic bias in relation to treatment and he warned against prejudging the circumstances surrounding the death.

Warnings from doctors and ministers not to pre-judge the case have fallen on deaf ears in the media. "Ireland's law and Catholic culture allowed Savita Halappanavar to die" was the headline in the normally sober UK magazine, New Statesman." BioEdge, Michael Cook.

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"From India, Pressure on Ireland Over Abortion Laws":